House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday he supported the decision to have national security adviser Mike Flynn step down, after it became clear he mislead Vice President Pence about talks he had with Russian officials before he took office. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that Mike Flynn’s decision to resign his post as National Security Advisor “was the right thing to do.”

Ryan, R-Wis., said President Trump “made the right decision” in ousting Flynn, who apologized for failing to disclose his discussions about sanctions with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition period.

“National security is perhaps the most important function or responsibility the president has, and I think the president made the right decision to ask for his resignation,” Ryan said. “You cannot have a national security advisor mislead the vice president and others, so I think the president was right to ask for his resignation, and I believe it was the right thing to do.”

Ryan did not endorse a separate investigation into Flynn’s phone conversations with the Russian ambassador. The House and Senate Intelligence panels are already probing Russia’s pre-election hacking of Democratic emails.

“The administration will explain the circumstances that led to this,” Ryan said. “I can’t speak to the rest of the circumstances. We need to get all that information before we prejudge anything.”

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